“The relationship between man and nature, the interpretation of naturalism and a rural repertoire are at the heart of my work. I paint on carefully primed wooden panels that I pumice repeatedly until light can fall on it without obstacles. I establish the essence of the painting with the painting’s bed. The sky first gets its colors, which impose harmony as to what will be the earth. The mirage of a landscape takes shape, a season emerges and the light takes direction. Light vibrates and underlines the planes in space. Slanting light is best. . .winter light makes reds and brown sing; morning or evening light is soft and subtle.”
Karen Tual lives and works in Nantes, France, but draws on the rural region of Vendee where she grew up for her inspiration. Since spending time on the Italian coast with her husband, an avid sailor, she has added new impressions to her work. On a trip to the U.S. in 1996, she visited the gallery. Relying on English/French dictionaries at first, Tual and owner Judith Taylor began what would be a long friendship and gallery relationship. Tual and her husband have made many trips to the American Southwest. On a trip to New Mexico, Tual returned home with tubes of ocher and orange paints. These warm colors found their place beside the usual bluish tones in her palette.